Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria has commended the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun for leading the party to victory in the 2015 elections.
According to Atiku, Nigeria’s democratic struggle for good governance will be incomplete without recognising the unquantifiable contributions of Oyegun and his effective leadership, This Day reports.
The former vice president was paying tribute to the APC chairman on the occasion of his 76th birthday anniversary.
“Oyegun demonstrated admirable leadership finesse and sagacity that propelled the party to victory during the 2015 general election,” Atiku said.
He also commended the APC chairman for sustaining the unity of the APC, despite the crisis that rocked the party after the National Assembly elections.
According to him, it was no easy feat to keep the party together despite efforts from the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to tear the party apart, saying he deserved credit for being “a capable captain in a rough political sea.”
Describing Oyegun as one of the finest and gentle politicians he has ever known, Atiku said: “I will always be proud of our leader who, despite all odds, led a formidable struggle to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power after 16 years of political dominance. This is an admirable record for which Oyegun deserves our respect. May God continue to grant him more wisdom, good health and long life in the service of Nigerians.”
The APC marked its two-year anniversary on Friday, July 31. Speaking at the event organized in Abuja specially for the occasion, the APC national chairman had urged people to be guided by the examples of the APC founding fathers and thus move the nation forward.